Derbyshire septet in Sri Lanka trip

Derbyshire CCC captain Wayne Madsen has been leading a seven-strong party to Sri Lanka as the county’s preparations for the 2013 campaign continue.

Madsen has been joined by Tom Poynton, Richard Johnson, Dan Redfern, Tony Palladino, Mark Turner and Tom Knight as the group hone their skills, focussing on spin bowling and the turning ball, in testing sub-continental conditions.

The ten-day trip comes after six Derbyshire players enjoyed a successful trip to India in January of last year.

India was set to be the venue once again in 2013.

However, Colombo later became the preferred destination.

Wayne Madsen said: “It’s good for the seven of us to get outdoors.

“We’ll be facing spin outthere and different conditions but the main thing is we’ll be able to train outside.

“It’s going to be a good experience.

‘The guys involved in the trip to India last year learned a great deal and by all accounts the feedback from previous visits to the sub-continent has been very good.

‘The conditions out here will be pretty tough and it’s going to be a good challenge for us.

“Hopefully it will provide excellent preparation ahead of the season back in England.”

Airport transfers for the trip were sponsored by Four Seasons Transfers.

The season begins for Derbyshire in April.